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Well, finally joined the ranks of Arteon owners in early July, after having gone through placing an order and having the order canceled. I had wanted a specific color only, Kurkuma Yellow as it's called in the US, and none was available on the ground nor was any expected at my local dealer with my exact package (SEL Premium R-Line with 20" wheels). So I entered an order for a 2020 model fitting those exact specs in late May.

At the end of June, I was informed my order was being canceled by VW, due to 'SEL Premium R-line Kurkuma Yellow unavailable in US for 2020 model year'. Best guess from my local dealer was that Kurkuma Yellow wasn't going to be available in 2020 in the U.S., or at least for my trim. So next step was to try searching, but no 20" rims were available in the US in 2019...so I had to remove that requirement and try to locate an SEL Premium R-Line with 19" wheels in Kurkuma yellow. Searches turned up 4 in the US...One in North Carolina, one in Ohio, one in Massachusetts, and one in Arizona. None of those places are close to south Florida!

After some wheeling and dealing and negotiation, my local dealer was willing to procure the car from the dealer in Arizona, sending a transport to pick it up and drive it 2,340 miles across the country. On July 10th, the car arrived and was prepped, and I went to the dealer to make final negotiations. This is my 5th VW vehicle - I started with a 2000 Passat sedan, then the 2003 Passat W8 wagon, a 2007 Passat Wagon Executive 4-motion, and a 2013 CC Executive 4Motion. My most recent vehicle was a 2015 Audi Allroad Premium Plus, which I was trading in for the Arteon. I drove it home that afternoon.

It's been great so far - the first week involved lots of programming - driver settings and customs, radio presets, setting up the DCC and preferred damping settings, etc. Windows tinted - a must here in Florida...no options I really need to add since the SEL Premium R comes with everything available...though the dealer threw in the rubber mat kit, CarGo organizer in the trunk, and Bumperdillo guard. I absolutely love the color. I've had many many black and silver cars over the years, and just get tired seeing acres and acres of silver, black, grey, and white cars - which make up probably 90% of all vehicles on American roads. Unlike Europeans, we don't get as many diverse colors offered, nor do most of our cars come with custom color ordering ability.

Here are a few pics of my lovely ride:






I've yet to see another Arteon on the road here...and apparently neither has anyone else, based on the number of times I'm asked about the car, the looks it gets on the road, and when parked - the color certainly gathers attention and since it's an unfamiliar model, most seem to walk around the back to try to figure out what it is!
 

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Thank you Urlik. As another original ClubB5er, it's nice to see some of the originals still on the board...even if it's a little quieter lately. I hadn't been by here in a while, but decided to check it out when I saw there was an Arteon board, decided it was time to pop in for a hello again!
 

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After some wheeling and dealing and negotiation, my local dealer was willing to procure the car from the dealer in Arizona, sending a transport to pick it up and drive it 2,340 miles across the country. On July 10th, the car arrived and was prepped, and I went to the dealer to make final negotiations.
Could you tell me more about the "wheeling and dealing"? I'd like a FWD SEL but there are none in Colorado. They all have 4MOTION. Did you have to commit to buying the car before having it transported from Arizona? Did you have to pay for its shipping? Were you able to substantially negotiate the price down? TIA.
 

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I did leave a deposit in order to place an order for the car first, having it built the way I wanted - but then they notified me the order was being canceled as they weren't going to be able to build my trim level and color combo for 2020...then we had to do the search around for any 19s that might have already shipped. Once we found one, I left the deposit with them ($1,000) to proceed on getting the car traded and transported here.

Once the car arrived, we did the normal bartering - Arteons generally are being nicely discounted, typically on the order of $5,500 to $7K off sticker for the fully loaded models. The transport costs were supposedly $1,100 or so - after negotiations, my car had a sticker of $47,250 or so, and the windows had already been tinted by the AZ dealer - I ended up getting $5,400 off sticker - so within the discount range they seem to go for, and absorbing some of the transport fees. All in all, still worked out to a pretty good deal and I got what I wanted on my trade too, so it all worked out.
 

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Great, thanks very much for the detailed response. I'll see if my local dealer can do the same.
 

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I'd guess we roughly split the transport costs in half. $6,500 off was probably about $1,000 shy of what I might have really shot for, but having the windows already tinted was worth $350 - 400...and there were a lot of the little accessories thrown in already - the CarGo Blocks in the hatch with the mat, the extra rubber floor mats all around, and the Bumperdillo protection plate on the rear bumper. If I figure all that for $500, then the transport cost me the other $500. Also consider the transport costs in my case were nearly fully across the country - AZ to south Florida...if your dealer can find one closer, the costs should be less.
 

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I've yet to see another Arteon on the road here...and apparently neither has anyone else, based on the number of times I'm asked about the car, the looks it gets on the road, and when parked - the color certainly gathers attention and since it's an unfamiliar model
Nice car. There aren't any Audi A5/7s in your area?
 

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We've got a TON of A5s and A7s all around here. Audis are very common cars in my town. I think that's part of why the Arteon stands out a bit - the A5 and A7 have become commonplace, but the Arteon is unique for a VW, and even a little more 'designed' than the A5 - the clamshell hood, and hood accent lines, big rear shoulders above the wheels, aggressive tapering along the bottoms of the doors, and the detailed front end with all the LED lights blending in with the chrome grill strips...combine that with the Kurkuma Yellow color which attracts a lot of attention, and it makes it an eye-catching car. If there were hundreds sold and they were all over the roads, I think people would stop noticing as much...but since it will likely be a VERY low volume car, it will be fairly unrecognizable for a long time to come.

For me, the A5 sportback was just a little too small and would have cost me well over $50K for similar equipment. The A7 remains one of my favorite cars - but price-wise, it was way out of my target range...most here go for well over $70K, and up to and exceeding $100K.
 
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